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21 march 2023

What future for our planet? The new IPCC Synthesis Report

On Monday, the new Synthesis Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published, the final text of the three documents, published between 2021 and 2022, that make up the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change.

To get a clear summary of the findings, we recommend watching the one-hour webinar given by the IPCC's Italian disseminators, organised by the CMCC Foundation.

The 37-page synthesis report, which 93 authors worked on, does not contain any new scientific information compared to previous studies, but it is a very important document because it summarises thousands of pages of research in a more usable format, which is crucial for governments that must agree and adopt new policies to mitigate the effects of global warming.

The picture is worrying and despite our efforts, emissions continue to rise: in 2019 we are close to 60 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent, 12% more than in 2010 and 54% more than in 1990.

The message from the scientific world is clear: we need to act fast, because the solutions are there but the window for their effectiveness is narrowing.